Businesses encouraged to spend in Singleton

24/6/20

Singleton businesses are being encouraged to support other local businesses under a $100,000 program to provide preloaded Spend in Singleton cards to boost the local economy in the recovery from the impacts of bushfires and COVID-19.

The Business Supporting Local Business program is an initiative of Singleton Council and the Singleton Business Chamber under Council’s Community Support Package, offering cards loaded with $250 to help businesses get back on their feet to purchase essentials such as food, office supplies and petrol or other goods and services.

Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Community and Organisation Capacity, said the beauty of the program was that in doing so, businesses would be supporting other businesses across the Singleton local government area that were part of the Spend in Singleton program.

“Working together to support our community and our economy will be a critical step as restrictions ease and we move towards the rebuild and recovery phase, and this program is a great way for businesses to support each other by ‘buying local’,” she said.

“Businesses can apply for the pre-loaded Spend in Singleton Card for a share of $100,000 to use at any participating business, from retailers and restaurants to groceries and petrol.

“The program is open to any business in our local government area that has been negatively impacted by bushfires and COVID-19, and has been closed or operating at a reduced level with reduced revenue but is re-opening or extending services again.”

A condition of the program is the $250 Spend in Singleton card must be spent within three months.

Suggestions for using the cards include redemption for essential food or office supplies, fuel expenses, or as a gift for a staff member doing it tough or as a thank you for their support.

Sue Gilroy, president of the Singleton Business Chamber, said more than 70 businesses were part of the Spend in Singleton program, and more were coming on board every day.

“You don’t have to be a Spend in Singleton member to apply for a $250 card, but it’s a great opportunity to get involved in the program and benefit from the  other businesses who will be spending their cards in the next three months,” she said.

“Every little bit counts towards all of our businesses surviving and thriving under very challenging circumstances, and I encourage all eligible businesses to apply for a $250 preloaded card and to be part of the Spend in Singleton program to support each other.” 

For more information about the Spend in Singleton Program, the Business Supporting Local Business Program or how to apply for a $250 Spend in Singleton card, visit W spendinsingleton.nsw.gov.au 

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